Oregon Senate passes bill banning rodeo horse-roping

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has advanced a bill that would outlaw the practice of lassoing horses' legs at rodeo competitions.

The Senate passed the bill in a 26 to 6 vote on Tuesday, sending it to the House.

The bill's supporters call the rodeo event "horse tripping" and say it's cruel.

Opponents say horse-roping is a standard practice in animal husbandry.

The Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo is the only known rodeo in the state to run this event.

Officials from the small town in far southeastern Oregon told lawmakers last week that the event draws hundreds to their community.

Roping a horse by the legs would be illegal for entertainment, but veterinarians and ranchers would still be able to do it.

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